Experts estimate that 80 to 90 percent of people living in the Western world will suffer from some form of plantar fasciitis during their lifetime. The following articles explores who;s most likely to experience this pain condition, why that’s the case, and what treatment to seek if you’re one of those afflicted with the condition.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment – What It Is and How to Treat It
By Asa Stevenson
In this article, I will explain the painful foot condition of plantar fasciitis and its primary causes, and then give you some tips on how to treat and rehabilitate yourself from this painful foot ailment.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a condition of pain at the bottom of the foot or feet caused by inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that spans the bottom of your feet and connects your heal bone to your toes.
Most often, you will experience plantar fasciitis as a stabbing pain in your heel, usually most acute in the morning when you wake up, or after you have been sitting for long periods of time.
What Causes It?
This particular form of foot pain occurs when the plantar fascia ligament along the bottom of the foot develops a small tear in the tissue, which results in pain and inflammation. This pain is typically located close to the heel bone.
Who is Likely to Experience It?
Plantar fasciitis is particularly common among runners, joggers, hikers, and other athletes. It is also common among overweight persons, women who are pregnant, and individuals who wear poor-fitting shoes, as well as elderly people with foot arthritis.
What is the Best Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis?
This foot ailment normally does not require surgery, and in most cases can be treated with home care. If your foot pain was caused by excessive activity, needless to say your first responsibility should be to rest your feet so as to not further aggregate your injury. Icing and over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen will help reduce inflammation.
As your condition improves, you will want to begin home-based physical therapy in order to perform simple exercises that will promote healing and prevent recurrence.
Perhaps the best physical therapy device for healing plantar fasciitis is the Japanese bamboo foot massager. This device is a simple piece of hard bamboo about a foot long in length, which you simply lay on the floor and step on. As you step on it, the hard wood and natural arch of the bamboo gently stimulate the plantar fascia ligament throughout the entire underside of the foot.
Plantar fasciitis pain is most acute in the morning or following long periods of inactivity due to tightening of the ligaments. Therefore, using this bamboo foot massager for a minute or two first thing in the morning will also help warm up the ligaments in the bottoms of your feet, thereby reducing and often entirely eliminating your foot pain. As your foot heals further, continue using this device for ongoing preventive therapy and maintenance of healthy feet.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and even worse, can keep you from enjoying a full active life, but with the right care and treatment, you’ll be back on your feet in no time!
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